Killer of Graham couple extradited

The Associated PressSeptember 6, 2013 

A Washington state prison inmate convicted of killing his mother and two Graham newlyweds has been returned to Massachusetts to face a murder charge in a 1988 slaying.

Daniel Tavares, 47, will be arraigned Monday in Fall River, Mass., Superior Court, according to the Bristol County district attorney’s office said. Tavares was indicted in April for the stabbing death of 32-year-old Gayle Botelho.

The mother of three young children disappeared after telling her roommate she was leaving her Fall River apartment for a few minutes. Her remains were found 12 years later in the backyard of a Fall River home where Tavares had lived.

Tavares has been serving a life sentence in the 2007 killings of Brian and Beverly Mauck of Graham. He pleaded guilty to shooting the couple, who were his neighbors, in what authorities said was a dispute over a $50 debt.

Earlier, Tavares pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 1991 death of his mother. He was in prison until 2007, when a judge in Massachusetts released him on personal recognizance while he was awaiting trial for assaults on prison guards. Prosecutors had fought his release and asked for $100,000 cash bail.

After being released Tavares fled to Washington, where he killed the Maucks.

In the most recent case, Tavares told authorities where to find Botelho’s body and implicated two other men in her death. Last year a woman who had given Tavares an alibi changed her story.

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